A penalty in favor of Manchester United, awarded in added time of the match, will always be executed by someone between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils were behind in the result with 0: 1 and the penalty kick was of key importance for the outcome of the match. To the surprise of many, it was not Cristiano who stood behind the ball, but Bruno Fernandes.
As soon as the penalty was awarded, the midfielder grabbed the ball and prepared for the execution. Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez even urged Ronaldo to take on the task at the moment of peak tension.
However, Fernandes did not change his mind, and the consequences were catastrophic for Man United. The footballer's shot flew over the crossbar and in the end Manchester lost the match against Aston Villa.
"The penalty taker is selected before a match. I bet Bruno will score. He is a strong boy. This omission will not affect him, "said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the press conference after the match.
Was Cristiano Ronaldo's decision not to take the penalty correct? Statistically, yes. Fernandes has had a total of 23 penalties with the Manchester United team, scoring 21 and conceding two. One missed - against Aston Villa at the weekend, and the other in the 4: 1 victory against Newcastle.
However, the decision not to give Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to score for the fourth consecutive game after his return to Old Trafford remains strange.
The Red Devils will face Villarreal in the Champions League. The match is on Tuesday.